Editorial project management

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Who is this course suitable for?

This course is aimed at experienced editorial and other publishing professionals who are looking to widen the scope of the work they undertake. It is ideal for freelance editors who feel confident to manage other aspects of the publishing process. It would also be a valuable resource to support publishing professionals who are employed in a publishing company. Project managers, production coordinators, project editors or indeed anyone who has project responsibility would benefit from taking this course.

Course description

This course explains what project management is, without using jargon. It aims to give you the skills to undertake the tasks involved and to equip you with the understanding to manage a project and yourself skilfully. Throughout the course, you will work on two (fictitious) projects. See below for a full outline of the course.

What you should know after the course

By the end of the course you will . . .

  • understand the roles and responsibilities of a project manager
  • be able to recognise and transfer the skills you already have to manage an editorial project
  • have learnt new skills that will help you in the role of project manager
  • be fully equipped to undertake the role of project manager.
     

Online course structure

Time allowed for access: 5 months SfEP upgrade points: 5
Approximate study time needed to complete the course: 30–35 hours

This is a self-assessed course. You will be assigned a tutor who will be available for up to 1 hour of support (usually by email), but the tutor does not mark any of your work. When you have finished the course you can download and print a certificate that states that you have 'Completed' the course.

Syllabus

The course follows the syllabus as described below.

Editorial Project Management

Each of the eight chapters is divided into sections:

  1. Preliminaries
    1.1 What is project management?
    1.2 Jargon buster
    1.3 Introduction to the case studies
  2. Becoming a project manager
    2.1 Who are you?
    2.2 Where does the work come from?
    2.3 Who will you be working with?
  3. What is a project?
    3.1 Goals and objectives
    3.2 Planning and control
    3.3 Workflows: print and digital
    3.4 What could go wrong?
  4. Scheduling
    4.1 Building a schedule
    4.2 Managing a schedule
    4.3 What could go wrong? 
  1. Briefing
    5.1 Understanding the client’s brief
    5.2 Briefing your team
    5.3 What could go wrong?
  2. Budgeting
    6.1 Who sets the budget?
    6.2 Types of budget
    6.3 Managing the budget
    6.4 What could go wrong?
  3. Management and communication
    7.1 Selecting the right people
    7.2 Reporting and feedback
    7.3 What could go wrong?
  4. Being an editorial project manager
    8.1 Communication
    8.2 The day-to-day nitty-gritty
    8.3 Building up and using the experience
    8.4 What could go right?
 

Each section includes study notes and a commentary on the exercises, with examples and model answers where appropriate. There are 35 exercises throughout the course, giving you plenty of practice at honing your skills.

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